U.N. Security Council votes against Palestinian statehood resolution

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A Palestinian-backed U.N. Security Council resolution setting a deadline for a peace deal with Israel failed to garner sufficient votes for passage.

The resolution, which was voted on on Dec. 30, called for a final deal within 12 months and a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by late 2017.

Eight nations on the 15-member council votes yes, including China, France and Russia. Nine votes were required for passage. The United States and Australia voted against the resolution and five nations abstained, including Great Britain.

Had nine votes been obtained, the United States, which voted against the resolution, was expected to exercise its Security Council veto.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, called the draft resolution “deeply imbalanced” and slammed the council for the unusual move of putting the resolution to a vote without any debate.

“We voted against it because we know what everyone here knows as well: Peace will come from hard choices and compromises that must come at the negotiating table,” Power said.

“This text addresses the concerns of only one side,” she added. “It would undermine efforts to get back to an atmosphere that achieves two states for two peoples.” — jta

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